The current "value" in the farm system is significantly dependent on Groome becoming a top end prospect. The system is certainly on the upswing, but they're missing a high end guy, and Groome certainly has the talent. Huge next 18-24 months for him to get back to that type of status.
Hernandez is probably a back end of the rotation guy or a reliever, Houck has been inconsistent, while Mata is a true wild card.
What would be a time table for Groome to come back and pitch? A late season cameo with 2020 in mind?
I was thinking about that the other day. I follow his IG now and he seems to be getting some workouts in. He had the surgery mid-May of ‘18 (the 18th or 19th I think?) so figure about 14 months, at least if my recollection serves me right. I think a few guys have come back to pitch in as few as 12, but I’d think 14 would be not unreasonably optimistic. So maybe Lowell or the GCL and possibly a bit of Greenville in Sept if it works out, then instructs? I really, *really* hope he can bounce back and that the time off/PT gets him in good general condition. I really hoped he’d have more velo in the pros, but at least his CB was terrific. He was relatively young as a draftee, so it’s still reasonable, I think, to hope on him getting to MLB at age 24. If he comes back from TJ the way a lot of guys do, I think it’s fair to hope on him as a 2/3 and maybe dream on a 1a. Be real good to see him at least get a handful of competitive innings late next summer.